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Are you starting to melt with the continuing hot weather? For a quick cool down check out the Australis Canoes Facebook page to see how an Ocky handles a white Christmas in America. It's not what we imagined when we designed the Ocky but just goes to show how versatile and durable Australis products are.
The 12 Days of Christmas have come to Australis! Come back every day to see Christmas gift ideas - some mundane, some unusual, some new items and some that are always popular, Gifts for family and friends or treat youself.
December is here so that means just over 3 weeks until Christmas! There is still time to have your special canoe, kayak and sit-on-top manufactured in time to place under the tree. Australis has a wide range of colour choices available for immediate pick-up or delivery and we can quickly add a Fishing Package or other accessories to customise your craft. If you need to keep your purchase away from prying eyes we will store it for you until Christmas Eve. A wide range of low cost accessories is also in stock.
Railblaza has released a Universal Kayak Motor Mount that is easy to attach to most kayaks or sit-on-tops. It combines the flexibility of Railblaza mounts with some clever design, delivering a mounting bracket for electric outboards and even petrol outboards up to 2.5HP. This Motor Bracket will fit almost all models of kayak and is the simplest way to attach a trolling motor to your Kayak.
If you need added stability, the Double Outrigger Kit designed for the Australis Squid may be able to be adapted for your sit-on-top.
Because your safety and that of your family and friends are very importance to us we have opened a new category in the catalogue where we have gathered all these important accessories in one place.
In the Safety Category there are Paddle Leashes, Sun and Wind Protection, Water Bags, Whistles, LED Glow Lights, Pumps, Paddle Floats and Sea Kayak Ladders for self-rescue.
Don't forget that Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are essential and have their own category which can be found here. If you click on the Paddle Smart icon on the home page there is information on PFDs, weather and Tides.
For those who are new to kayaking or interested in learning new skills we have 7 short videos on Basic Skills & Safety for Kayaking by 3 times Wildwater World Medallist, Dan Hall.
For those interested in more advanced paddling techniques the NSWSKC has developed an online resource which uses video demonstrations, text and photographs of key skills at the Basic Skills level for sea kayaking.
Many paddlers love to get out on the water during the winter months to take advantage of the sunny days, the calm conditions and the less crowded waterways. If you are someone who prefers to bunker down in front of an open fire it probably means that your canoe or kayak is used less often. Storage used to be a problem but Australis has found 3 products that can really help and all come with hardware and instructions included.
School Holidays are a great time for the family to spend time together doing things they may not have tried before. What could be more fun than hiring a canoe or kayak and taking advantage of the beautiful sunny days we are enjoying now? Day hire (24hours) from Australis starts at $50 for a single sit-on-top kayak and $60 for a canoe or double sit-on-top. Weekend hire rates (3 days) are $80 and $100, so for a small cost you can have lots of water-based fun. Remember, if you decide kayaking is too much fun for just the holidays and you decide to buy, when you return the craft you can ask to use the hire cost as your deposit on a brand new Australis kayak or canoe! [Hire is available from the Australis Factory and you need to take it away to the location you are going to paddle.]
Australis kayaks and canoes are designed and manufactured in Australia for Australian body shapes so most people will be able to use any of our kayaks or canoes. However, if you are very tall or on the heavy side we have 2 special options that might suit your needs. Both are available with Fishing Package options and are stable, reliable and virtually indestructible.
The 4.3m Pelagic is a large volume sit-on-top kayak for people of all sizes or those who want to take a huge amount of gear. Able to carry up to 230kg, the extra long foot wells and extra wide comfortable seat are designed to accommodate taller and heavier-set paddlers and the large rear storage well with custom-made bungy gives excess storage space. The Pelagic comes with or without a rudder.
The Australis Swagman Canoe is the big work horse of the Australis range and has a carrying capacity of 280kg. The fully open, wide bodied construction allows for 3 extra wide seats with ample leg room for longer legs as well as giving space for carrying bulky or heavy loads.
Double or tandem kayaks are great for photography because they allow the photographer to guide the paddler into just the right position for that awesome photo. Double kayaks are a also a great way to demonstrate the beauty of kayaking to someone who might be a bit hestitant about trying something new - they feel much safer in the company of an experienced person. The Komodo double sea kayak makes it easy to introduce a novice to the open ocean and you have the added advantage of using it as a single when by yourself.
Australis manufacture two tandem sit-on tops - the Cuttlefish and the Lynxx (a single/double/triple combo) and a double sit-in kayak - the 2-Up. These are also perfect for use by one adult with a child or a couple of children.
Here in Wollongong the temperature is really starting to rise and the water is looking more inviting every day. We are fortunate to have the best of both worlds with the choice of paddling in the surf and open ocean, or the lake and river. Wherever you paddle this summer, remember to be safe - wear your PFD at all times, Slip-Slop-Slap and be aware of wind and wave conditions.